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Accelerated LMOs coming soon to a Canadian Employer Near you

Accelerated LMOs (ALMOs) ALMOs are a great thing.They are a fast-track version for applications for Labor Market Opinions.  Service Canada will now process Skilled Workers and some other Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) applications on an accelated basis.  Canadian employers now don’t have to wait months and months to hire a TFW. Canada is getting the […]

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Types of Canadian Work Permits for Americans

While countries like the United States have a long list of different types of work visas, Canada primarily has two broad types of work visas: those that require a Labour Market Opinion and those that do not require a Labour Market Opinion. A Labour Market Opinion is sometimes called an LMO or a confirmation from […]

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LMO and Work Permit application updates

Below is an interesting guest post by my colleague Jeff Jiehui Li who actually used to work for me a few years back. Jeff now has is own practice where he assists clients in family, tax, litigation and immigration law. Thank you Jeff for your contribution! __________________ I have recently encountered a number of questions with respect […]

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Is My LMO Legal?

Obtaining an LMO An LMO (Labour Market Opinion) may be a legal necessity for employers who want to hire foreign workers. It essentially proves that there are no qualified Canadian applicants nearby, and allows you to hire foreign workers instead. Not all jobs that hire foreign workers require an LMO, but many do.  The LMO […]

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My LMO Application Was Refused. What went wrong?

Q. My Canadian employer applied for a LMO and Service Canada refused the application. Why did this happen? A.  We get these inquires all the time. Without knowing the details of this case, it is hard to say why the LMO was refused. But here are some tips to avoid getting a refused LMO Application: […]

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Canada: How To Obtain A Labour Market Opinion (LMO)

How to obtain an LMO in Canada An LMO, or Labour Market Opinion, is something that companies must obtain before they can hire a foreign worker. LMOs can be obtained for a specific worker or position, or be a pre-approval for a series of positions. What an LMO does is ensure that there are no […]

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Temporary Foreign Workers In Trouble Because Of Delayed LMOs

Temporary foreign workers’ application renewals being denied According to this article in the Toronto Star, thousands of temporary foreign workers are in danger of having their renewal applications denied, all because of a bureaucratic hiccup. When renewing their temporary foreign worker status, these workers must file an application to renew their temporary foreign worker permit […]

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LMO Work Visa Refused and then Approved!

I want to thank the team of Niren and Associates for guiding me throughout my entire application process for both my LMO and Work Permit, even with all the changes and adjustments done to Canadian immigration laws they were able to provide me with accurate information, updated documents and address all my questions and concerns in a timely […]

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LMO not required for Haitians to work in Canada before applying for Work Permits

Haitians exempt from Labour Market Opinion (LMO) to work in Canada Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today that, “It’s important for Haitians already in Canada to know that if they need a work permit, they can now obtain one much more easily.” While most people will need a labour market opinion (LMO), which […]

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LMO approved. Now on to the Work Permit

Dear Mary, Thank you so very much for finding out about the LMO and passing on the good news.  Mr. C.  and myself are totally delighted with the positive result. Could you please inform me when the Work Permit Application has started. Thank you so much for all your time and effort. Best Regards. Tarek

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Canadian Company brings in U.S Relief Workers after being denied entry to Canada

Entry to Canada possible thanks to Niren and Associates Hello Mr. Niren, I wish to draw your attention to the outstanding service provided to my company and by one of your associates. Shabnam Akrami has gone far beyond the call of duty in assisting me in securing the necessary paperwork to access urgently needed foreign worker assistance for my […]

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Bad News for Foreign IT Workers and their Canadian Employers: Labour Market Opinions soon Required.

Labour Market Opinions soon to be required for foreign IT Workers It has just been announced by HRSDC that as of September 30, 2010, Information Technology Specialists will no longer be able to apply for Canadian work permits unless they obtain a Labor Market Opinion (LMO). This move is a reversal from the procedure that […]

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Labour Market Opinion Applications are Being Refused more Frequently

Labour Market Opinion applications are necessary to bring workers to Canada I have no statistics on this but, as predicted, the refusal rate for Labor Market Opinion (LMO) applications seem to be on the rise. With the downturn in the economy and more stringent regulations respecting LMO applications, foreign workers and their Canadian employers are […]

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Changes to the Live in Caregiver Program Announced

New Changes to the Live in Caregiver Program Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney said on Sunday that changes have been proposed to the rules that govern live-in caregivers. The proposed changes include that employers will have to cover the costs of the caregivers’ travel to Canada, their workplace safety insurance and any […]

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New Compliance Rules Coming for Canadian Employers filing Labour Market Opinion Applications

Changes to requirements for Labour Market Opinions Employers hiring foreign workers will soon be required to prove compliance of the terms and conditions of employment with respect to Labour Market Opinion (LMO) applications. The changes are in the proposal stages but many of the recommendations will likely be implemented concerning compliance with obligations that employers […]

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